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PRISONERS OF HOPE May 2009


EDITORIAL..BR N. NKOMO
I am sure that many of us read or heard about the tragic earthquake that rocked a section of Italy at the
start of April. I find it very difficult to read about such things and I mainly confine my attention to reading
the headlines and short summaries. The loss of life is never an easy thing for me to stomach, especially
when it is sudden. I find it more palatable to however read about rescue personal braving inclement
weather and putting their lives at risk in order to try and find survivors. It makes one realise, firstly, how
dedicated these people are to their jobs, and secondly how highly they, and other volunteers, value the lives
of those around them. I am sure that the joy they experience when they are able to pull a survivor from the
rubble after a week of digging, is unparalleled, and it gives them a fresh surge of optimism and adrenaline
to keep digging and searching.
It is while I was dwelling on these things, and a news report that I will refer to later that my thoughts
turned to us as Seventh Day Adventists living in the toenails of the statue of Daniel 2. I began to wonder
what goes through our minds when someone to whom we are not related passes away. Do we, when we see
earthquakes and other disasters claiming the lives of scores of people, pause and wonder how many of
them had heard the gospel of salvation? Or is there such a disconnect between us and those people that
thought does not cross our minds?
When we see the rescue personnel and volunteers working through the night and adverse weather condi-
tions in search of survivors from these wreckages, do we ever wonder whether or not the life they are mak-
ing all those attempts to save will be saved for eternity? When we admire their effort, do we compare it with
what we are willing to do in order to rescue the lost sheep and find the lost coin? If so, how does it com-
pare?
Furthermore, when a survivor is found, and there is jubilation all round, do we consider whether or not we
have that same joy when a sinner comes to repentance? After all, there is joy in heaven when the lost sheep
is found. Are we involved in soul-winning, and do the fruits received through the Holy Spirit provide us
with the fresh legs to continue to work in the fields during this harvest time, or are we happy to sit on the
sidelines and do nothing but watch?
What further disturbed me was an article, from which I have quoted: “A powerful earthquake tore through INSIDE THIS ISSUE
central Italy on Monday …The quake hadn't been completely unexpected. Italy muzzled a scientist who
Editorial ......................... ……1
foresaw it. "Vans with loudspeakers had driven around the town a month ago telling locals to evacuate their
Questions....................... .….2
houses after seismologist Gioacchino Giuliani predicted a large quake was on the way, prompting the
Where Do You Stand? ... .….3
mayor's anger," Gavin Jones reports for Reuters.
Lift Up Your Heads ....... ..…6
Jones adds, "Giuliani, who based his forecast on concentrations of radon gas around seismically active ar-
People Judgment .......... .….7
eas, was reported to police for 'spreading alarm' and was forced to remove his findings from the Internet."
John The Baptist ........... …..8
The Telegraph reports he also "posted a video on YouTube in which he said a build-up of radon gas around
My Identity in Christ .... …..9
the seismically active area suggested a major earthquake was imminent."
A New York Times blog report notes, "The Italian version of PC World has an article about Mr. Giuliani’s
warning, featuring an interview with him posted on YouTube, in which he repeated the prediction just a
few days before the quake struck."
I found the above article to be extremely tragic. What made it even worse is that in it I find disturbing par-
allels of what will happen to us as God fearing individuals trying to warn the world about its impending
demise. I could however not help but to admire Giuliani and the efforts to which he went to spread the
word about what he believed in. He believed the earthquake was round the corner and when people would
not listen he drove around with loudspeakers and made videos. It kind of reminds me of Old Testament
prophets. My question for us is this; do we believe that Christ will soon return? If so, what are we doing to
announce it to the world? Giuliani did it to save their temporal lives, how much more important eternal
lives that we are called to save? Closer to home, how many of us are so comfortable in our “L'Aquila, Italy”,
that we are not willing to leave even when we hear Giuliani’s voice as he drives around in his van? How
many of us seek to muzzle Giuliani’s warning and are angered by it like the Mayor when the message
touches on our holy cows? How sad that what has played out in Italy is a parable of what is happening in
our churches all over the world today. Let us pray for each other, and most importantly ourselves as we
dwell on this editorial.
QUESTIONS FROM CATHOLICS PART1... BY SR T NKOMO
Questions from Catholics part 1 congenital defects, only for that woman to go on and
I read very disturbing news recently about a church member give birth to a totally healthy normal baby), Another
that owns abortion clinics. While others were saying that they story I’m watching with bated breath is the ongoing
support abortion for certain reasons in certain situations, my saga of a woman who was advised to abort because
heart was crying for the mother that makes this life changing her baby had anencephaly-diagnosed when she was
decision. Yes, most of the times, those that choose to kill their 19 weeks pregnant. This is a condition where the
unborn child have sinned by fornicating, but as much as pos- child is missing a significant part of the brain, and
sible, we should do our best to support the repentant mother. the top of her skull. These children are usually still-
Even before becoming a mother myself, I’d always thought born, or live a maximum of 5 days, which is what this
abortion seemed too easy, that the psychological conse- young lady was told. She opted to continue carrying
quences would only be obvious after the deed was done, when her baby and so far, at the time of the distribution of
it would be too late to change one’s mind. I have read before this article, her baby has been living for 10 weeks
that some of our hospitals provide abortions and I decided to and still going strong) and pregnancy resulting from rape
do some research to find out if it is really true. From an arti- or incest. While the general tone toward abortion is negative,
cle written in 1988 “A year or so ago, pro-life demonstrators the individual Adventist may take any position on the politi-
picketed in front of the Sligo Seventh-day Adventist Church, cal spectrum. Abortions are performed in Adventist hospi-
Takoma Park, Maryland, protesting abortions done in tals”
Washington Adventist Hospital. Their protest highlighted a Back to the Catholic forum and the questions that were posed
conundrum the Adventist Church, to Adventists. (The replies, complete
which operates some 487 hospitals, with their spelling errors, were copied
clinics, and dispensaries around the and left the way they are.)
world, faces: what to do regarding “The first sentence says the Church
abortion. During a nine month period should provide moral guidance. In your
in 1970 and 1971, the church produced post, you claim, the above is just merely
two sets of recommended abortion "guidance." Yet, this guidance permits
guidelines; since then it has made no the killing of unborn children. Permit-
official statement on the matter. ting abortion violates God`s command-
"Delegates at a Potomac Conference ment "Thou shall not kill." By permit-
constituency meeting in September ting abortion, the Adventist Church fails
1991 voted by an overwhelming ma- to teach its members to follow all of
jority to request that two local Advent- God`s commandments.
ist hospitals strictly limit the abortions Sincerely,
preformed there." Maria1212”
"Two years earlier, a pro-life protest was launched by an
evangelical (emphasis mine) church against a local Ad- The Adventist then tries to skirt the issue by stating
ventist hospital. It's pastor was quoted as saying, 'we find it that the guidelines do not reflect the position held by
very inconsistent for a hospital run by a Christian church to the body corporate. The Catholic’s reply to this… “I
be practicing the mutilation and murder of unborn chil- thought the General Conference of SDA was the voice of the
dren.'”I came across a Catholic forum that was asking us Ad- Adventist Church. Are their teachings on Adventism not con-
ventists some interesting questions. I will reproduce the sidered official? another question-why are SDA’s strict on the
questions, with my own comments in bold. Before that, I will Sabbath, yet aren’t when it comes to taking human life?”
post the guidelines that the posters were referring to-once
again, with my own comments in bold. “I recommend you study what your own Church teaches, and
“The official Seventh-day Adventist position on abortion is study its structure. Are you saying the website I posted is not
that it is permissable only in exceptional circumstances that an official Adventist website containing accurrate Adventist
present serious moral or medical dilemmas, such as signifi- teachings. Or, is the Seventh Day Adventist website, incor-
cant threats to the pregnant woman's life, serious jeopardy to rect? After all, those guidelines were posted on http://
her health, severe congenital defects carefully diagnosed in www.adventist.org/beliefs/fundamental/index.html.”
the fetus (there are many stories told of women who …...continued on p5
are advised to abort because the child has severe

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WHERE DO YOU STAND PART 2…..BY BR H NDWANDWA
We may be sincere in our motives but above all sincerity, let may defend festivals, dancing, lotteries, fairs, and
us choose the things that please God and not those that luxurious feasts, to obtain means for church pur-
please us. Let us be reminded that Cain’s offering was not poses; but let us participate in none of these things;
rejected because he was not sincere but because he did not for if we do, God's displeasure will be upon us. We
do what God had commanded. do not propose to appeal to the lust of the appetite or
resort to carnal amusements as an inducement to
We are not to imitate the churches by instituting ba-
Christ's professed followers to give of the means
zaars and various God-forbidden expedients to
which God has entrusted to them. If they do not give
bring in a little means. We see no direction in the
willingly, for the love of Christ, the offering will in
word for fancy fairs, concerts, and other objection-
no case be acceptable to God.[CS 201.4]
able practises for raising funds to advance His work.
The curse of God is upon all this kind of work. It is Do you see the principle being explained again friends, the
polluting and degrading the work of God, defiling principle of giving willingly?
his holy temple.-- Unpub. Test. [PH048 16.3]
Even if the pulpit may defend these methods but stay true to
All these methods for bringing money into His treas- God, dear friend. Listen to His words. Don’t put your trust in
ury are an abomination to Him. It is a spurious de- preachers and other men, but put your trust in God. To those
votion that prompts all such devis- who wish to entice you with pleasing argu-
ing. O what blindness, what in- ments, speak the words of Peter and the
fatuation, is upon many who claim apostles, “We ought to obey God rather than
to be Christians! Church members men.” Acts 5:29. The Father sent His only
are doing as did the inhabitants of Son to die for you so that you do not end up
the world in the days of Noah, when in ruin with the Devil and his followers but
the imagination of their hearts was be reconciled to Him to perfection, holiness
only evil continually. All who fear and peace. Put not your trust in men’s opin-
God will abhor such practices as a ions but search for yourself to find out what
misrepresentation of the religion of is truth. Let the Holy Spirit speak to you and
Jesus Christ.--R. & H. Dec. 8, 1896. don’t take the opinion of others. Only God
[CS 205.2] can save you so listen to Him as He speaks
in His word and the Spirit of Prophecy. Put
When rebuked by the Lord through
your whole trust in Him and allow Him to
His prophet, Saul stoutly asserted
work in you the great work of sanctification
that he had obeyed the voice of God;
through His Spirit.
but the bleating sheep and lowing
oxen testified that he had not. In the same manner
do many today assert their loyalty to God, but their
I am convinced that concerts, fairs, bazaars etc. do not con-
concerts and other pleasure gatherings, their
form to the principle that our LORD has given us. Our LORD
worldly associations, their glorifying of self, and
gave us these principles to learn and live by so that we may
their eager desire for popularity all testify that they
bring glory and honour to Him. They are there for us to help
have not obeyed His voice. [5T 88.1]
us to keep on the narrow path to paradise. “For whatsoever
Oh friend, will you heed the warning? Will you listen to the things were written aforetime were written for our learning,
voice of God regarding this? Do you understand that if we that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might
participate in these practices we will become wrecks of char- have hope.” Rom. 15:4. Our duty is to help each other along
acter and partake of the curse of God? I ask again, shall we on this path. None of us is perfect but when we see a snare in
take that which is an abomination to God and use it for wor- the path we are to point it out to the brethren that they may
shiping Him and fundraising? see it and be safe if they choose to heed the warning.
Let us stand clear of all these church corruptions, That Seventh Day Adventists should neither attend nor hold
dissipations, and festivals, which have a demoraliz- concerts, fairs, bazaars and all these things is no arbitrary
ing influence upon young and old. We have no right prohibition on the part of God. God is love, His rule is not
to throw over them the cloak of sanctity because the arbitrary but it stems from love; a love that “rejoiceth not in
means is to be used for church purposes. The pulpit iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth.” 1 Cor. 13:6.
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Listen to Him when He says through His prophet, “For I pressed down, and shaken together, and running over,
know the thoughts that I think toward you…thoughts of shall men give into your bosom. For with the same meas-
peace and not of evil.” Jer. 29:11. King Jesus will never ure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again.”
keep anything from us that would be for our good. “For the Luke 6:38.
LORD God is a sun and shield: the LORD will give grace
“Them that honour Me I will honour.” 1 Sam. 2:30.
and glory: no good thing will he withhold from them that
walk uprightly.” Ps 84:11. We have received the gospel “And every act of self-sacrifice strengthens the spirit of
freely; the gift of salvation is free. The Saviour says, “Freely beneficence in the giver's heart, allying him more closely
ye have received, freely give.” Matthew 10:8. to the One who was rich, yet for our sakes became poor,
that we through His poverty might be rich.” [AA 341.3]
The spirit of liberality is the spirit of heaven. This
spirit finds its highest manifestation in Christ's “A continual imparting of God's gifts wherever the cause
sacrifice on the cross. In our behalf the Father of God or the needs of humanity demand our aid, does not
gave His only-begotten Son; and Christ, having tend to poverty. "There is that scattereth, and yet in-
given up all that He had, then gave Himself, that creaseth; and there is that withholdeth more than is meet,
man might be saved. The cross of Calvary should but it tendeth to poverty." Proverbs 11:24. The sower mul-
appeal to the benevolence of every follower of the tiplies his seed by casting it away. So it is with those who
Saviour. The principle there illustrated is to give, are faithful in distributing God's gifts. By imparting they
give. [AA 339.2] increase their blessings.” [AA 345.1]

On the other hand, the spirit of selfishness is the Have you proved these promises of God in your life dear
spirit of Satan. The principle illustrated in the lives friend? Have you seen that they are true? Begin now be-
of worldlings is to get, get. Thus they hope to se- fore it is too late.
cure happiness and ease, but the fruit of their sow- “Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may
ing is misery and death. [AA 339.3] be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith
The reason that the Lord wants all the tithes in the the LORD of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of
treasury is that there may not be a scarcity of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be
funds when His providence opens new fields to be room enough to receive it.” Mal. 3:10.
occupied by the messengers of truth, that souls as This is my stand, with God on my side. Unless my brothers
precious in the sight of God as your own may come and sisters in Christ will convince me that I am standing on
into the knowledge of the true God and Jesus sinking sand, here will I remain, by the grace of God.
Christ, whom He hath sent, and in their turn be-
I challenge you to prove God’s promises regarding any
come missionaries to the souls of others. [PH 149
fundraising that you plan to do. See if He will not bless and
61.1]
multiply your means as you consecrate yourself and use
In the days of Israel the tithe and freewill offerings His method for raising funds. See if the windows of heaven
were needed to maintain the ordinances of divine will not be opened just for you.
service.... The work of the gospel, as it widens, re-
quires greater provision to sustain it than was
called for anciently; and this makes the law of
tithes and offerings of even more urgent necessity
now than under the Hebrew economy. If His peo-
ple were liberally to sustain His cause by their vol-
untary gifts, instead of resorting to unchristian
and unhallowed methods to fill the treasury, God
would be honored, and many more souls would be
won to Christ. [PP 528.4]
Let us turn and see what promises God has made to us if
we obey Him; if we heed the principle of freewill, sacrificial
offerings for fundraising for His cause:
“Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure,
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“While the Adventist Church opposes abortion in some Seventh-day Adventist Church
cases, its guidelines permit it in other cases. The fact that it World Headquarters
is permited in any case, makes the Adventist Church pro-
choice, or pro-abortion, which violates God`s command- So this is indeed an official statement, and the Adventist
ment Thou shall not kill. In my humble, and personal opin- church is therefore officially pro-choice. I would find it dif-
ion, it is hypocritcal, and a contradiction, for Adventists to ficult to belong to a church whose beliefs I did not share
be so focused on the day of the week one worships on, I worked with a collegue a few years ago, she was a very
while permitting the murder of unborn children.” formidable lady. She was qualified in law and was very
"No one can deny that the incidence of breast cancer has good at understanding complex problems. She was Downe.
jumped markedly over the past 30 years. In China, for ex- There was nothing disabled about her
ample, the breast cancer rates have jumped 40% since the My daughter was told her third child had Downs as it
institution of their one-child policy, which often has lead to showed up on the scan. They wanted her to have an abor-
coerced abortion. This is the same percentage increase as tion. She wanted to go ahead on the basis 'she did not feel
the Roe v Wade generation in the U.S. after the legalization qualified to play God!
of abortion there in 1973. Nations which prohibit abortion, Plus the unborn child was still 'the fruit of her womb and
such as Poland and Ireland, have much lower rates of every bit valued!'
breast cancer. It almost cost her, her marriage as the son-in-law did not
In the U.S., a 1994 study by pro-choice physician Janet want a Down child. Her, my wife and I had a plan drawn up
Daling, published in the Journal of the National Cancer how we would cope. Alas, it as all in vain, the child was
Institute, found that teenagers under the age of 18 who had born absolutely normal. Though she has a slight Downes
an abortion had a 30% chance of developing breast cancer. look, she is very bright, and far ahead of her older sib-
Breast surgeon Angela Lanfranchi found repeated links be- blings. She is 5-years old but has a reading age and prob-
tween her breast cancer patients and prior abortions. Dr. lem solving age of 11! Just shows that you just do not know.
Joel Brind found that 23 of 28 studies showed a definite How many normal children have been mis-diagnosed and
link between prior induced abortion and breast cancer, in a
killed by mistake
1996 study published in the Journal of Epidemiology and
The Union president politely blew off my first letter as per-
Community Health.
taining to rumors which were not true. I then obtained sta-
tistics on abortions performed in 3 area SDA hospitals. In a
This obvious link has lead the state of Texas to pass a law
two year period there were approximately 2,000 abortions.
requiring physicians to inform prospective abortion pa-
The income from these was well over $1.5 million dollars.
tients of the risk between the procedure and future breast
This is a very lucrative business, but not one in which a
cancer. Not only that, three women (two in Australia and
Christian church should be involved...especially one that
one in Oregon) have successfully sued their abortionists for
makes such bold claims "to the Law...".
failing to inform them of the risks."
“I was acquainted with a pro-life OB/GYN who practiced in
Arlington hospital in Virginia. This is a public, secular hos-
For the rest of the article: http://www.chp.ca/forum/
pital that adopted the policy of only performing abortions
Kempling/Abortion.htm
to save the life of the mother. In the same time period there
This is the response I got from the Adventist Church when
were approximately 7 to 14 abortions performed. Quite a
I asked if this was an official statement:
stark difference.
Quote:
As usual, when confronted with the facts that contradict
In reference to your enquiry, statements and other documents, including
guidelines, are discussed and adopted by appropriate Church bodies, cherished beliefs, even the SDA leaders chose to ignore my
such as the Executive Committee of the General Conference of the Sev- correspondence. There are a few others who have tried to
enth-day Adventist Church. Between the quinquennial sessions of the work for changes in SDA church policy. One pastor, who
world Church, the Executive Committee is the Church's highest author- was on the Columbia Union board resigned because of the
ity to conduct Church business. The referenced document on abortion SDA abortion stand.
comes with the authority of the Church and constitutes the Church's I ran into a former SDA professor of mine a year or two
official approval of these guidelines. ago, and he shared with me his efforts in opposing the SDA
church stand on abortion. He was on television and radio
Blessings.
with his message and the Potomac conference was not very
--Rajmund Dabrowski
happy with his work.”
Communication Director

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LIFT UP YOUR HEADS...
NEWS: A U.N. body understood by much of Christendom to be a commemora-
has passed a resolution tion of the death of Jesus Christ, that Ratzinger would pur-
condemning posefully quote from Hindu scripture. The length to which
"defamation of religion" he is going to unite the world’s religions knows no bounds.
as a human rights viola-
NEWS: A new nationwide survey of adults’ spiritual be-
tion. The resolution,
liefs, conducted by The Barna Group, suggests that
introduced by Pakistan
Americans who consider themselves to be Christian have a
on behalf of a group of
diverse set of beliefs – but many of those beliefs are contra-
Muslim nations in the
dictory or, at least, inconsistent… Four out of ten Christians
U.N. Human Rights
(40%) strongly agreed that Satan “is not a living being but
Council, passed Thursday by a vote of 23-11, with 13 ab-
is a symbol of evil.” An additional two out of ten Christians
stentions. Opposition primarily came from Western na-
(19%) said they “agree somewhat” with that perspective. A
tions, who say such a resolution would restrict freedom of
minority of Christians indicated that they believe Satan is
speech. Proponents said they wanted to prevent such things
real by disagreeing with the statement: one-quarter (26%)
as the defamation of Islam, as in the case of the cartoons of
disagreed strongly and about one-tenth (9%) disagreed
the prophet Muhammad, which sparked angry Muslims
somewhat. The remaining 8% were not sure what they be-
protests in Europe three years ago. "Defamation of religion
lieve about the existence of Satan. Although a core teaching
is a serious affront to human dignity leading to a restriction
of the Christian faith is the divinity and perfection of Jesus
on the freedom of their adherents and incitement to reli-
Christ, tens of millions of Christians do not accept that
gious violence," the adopted text said. "Islam is frequently
teaching. More than one-fifth (22%) strongly agreed that
and wrongly associated with human rights violations and
Jesus Christ sinned when He lived on earth, with an addi-
terrorism."
tional 17% agreeing somewhat. Holding the opposing view
COMMENT: If I am not mistaken this bill has finally been were 9% who disagreed somewhat and 46% who disagreed
passed at the third time of asking. When one realizes that strongly. Six percent did not have an opinion on this mat-
resolutions passed at the UN are binding on member coun- ter. Much like their perceptions of Satan, most Christians
tries then one begins to see the significance of the UN in do not believe that the Holy Spirit is a living force, either.
shaping global policy with its various structures. One Overall, 38% strongly agreed and 20% agreed somewhat
merely has to look at how the world is currently focusing on that the Holy Spirit is “a symbol of God’s power or presence
WHO and the advice it gives during the current “swine flu” but is not a living entity.” Just one-third of Christians dis-
pandemic. I hope that we are all able to see how such reso- agreed that the Holy Spirit is not a living force (9% dis-
lutions will curtail the distinctive truth of the three angels agreed somewhat, 25% disagreed strongly) while 9% were
messages. not sure.
NEWS: Hindus have applauded Pope Benedict for includ- COMMENT: It never ceases to amaze me how much of a
ing verse from ancient Hindu scripture Upanishads in the march the devil has stolen upon those that claim to believe
Good Friday Meditations and Prayers led by him at Roman in Christ. He has subtly introduced error into ALL the
Colosseum. Acclaimed Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a Christian denominations of the world using as his main tool
statement in Nevada (USA) today, said that it was a re- Higher Critical Thinking/New Theology. The results are
markable gesture from the Pope and invited him to study there for everyone to see, not only in other churches, but
more ancient Hindu scriptures, which were very rich in phi- also, very unfortunately, in our
losophical thought. He or other Hindu scholars would own remnant church. Oh that
gladly provide the help and resources in this regard, if we would ever stick to a plain
asked, Zed added…..Rajan Zed stressed that all religions “thus saith the Lord” and trust
should work together for a just and peaceful world. Dia- implicitly in the Spirit of
logue would bring us mutual enrichment, he added. Pope Prophecy, for in these two pil-
Benedict heads the Roman Catholic Church, which is the lars is found warning of all the
largest of the Christian denominations. Hinduism, oldest sophistries of the devil and in-
and third largest religion of the world, has about one billion struction on how we are to
adherents and moksha (liberation) is its ultimate goal. overcome them.
COMMENT: How interesting that on a day mistakenly
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LAODICEA LAO=PEOPLE DICEA=JUDGMENT PART2 …..BY SR K NARANJO
Parable of the Prodigal Son: all thy heart, and
with all thy soul,
Luke 15:25-32 (You know the story… who is the Father?
and with all thy
Who are the sons? Typically the focus is on the younger son
strength, and with
that runs away but this time lets make the focus the older
all thy mind; and
son.)
thy neighbour as
25: Now his elder son was in the field: and as he came and thyself.
drew nigh to the house, he heard musick and dancing. 26:
29: But he, willing to
And he called one of the servants, and asked what these
justify himself, said
things meant. 27: And he said unto him, Thy brother is
unto Jesus, And who
come; and thy father hath killed the fatted calf, because he
is my neighbour? (a
hath received him safe and sound. 28: And he was angry,
tough question and
and would not go in: therefore came his father out, and in-
answer… it is so much
treated him. (Angry & selfish… He did everything right..
easier to help out
Can you see the Rich young Ruler here? See how he com-
someone who is a good
pares himself to others? The Older brother was lost at
person but to help someone that has no status and is desti-
home. He is the legalist-- he claims to serve his Father but
tute is hard for us to do)
actually does it for himself that he make work for the re-
ward. He covers up an evil heart by doing plenty of works. 30: And Jesus answering said, A certain man went down
But God judges each work by the motive -- works look good from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell among thieves, which
but a selfish heart renders them no good. Works that come stripped him of his raiment, and wounded him, and de-
forth by a heart of gold are all good works. The problem parted, leaving him half dead. (Aren’t we all in this condi-
with Laodicea is that they have the truth and they have the tion, haven’t we been beat up and naked and wounded by
works, but the heart is cold. The truth & works can lead to others and left in an awful condition?)
selfish pride. They are all actors – role players. They are
31: And by chance there came down a certain priest that
looking for worldly praise…)
way: and when he saw him, he passed by on the other side.
29: And he answering said to his father, Lo, these many
(Priest is the law and it can’t save you)
years do I serve thee, neither transgressed I at any time thy
commandment: and yet thou never gavest me a kid, that I 32: And likewise a Levite, when he was at the place, came
might make merry with my friends: 30: But as soon as and looked on him, and passed by on the other side. (The
this thy son was come, which hath devoured thy living with Levite represents the ceremonies and feasts and they can’t
harlots, thou hast killed for him the fatted calf. save you.)
33: But a certain Samaritan, as he journeyed, came where
(sacrifice for sin)
he was: and when he saw him, he had compassion on him,
31: And he said unto him, Son, thou art ever with me, and (The Samaritan is Jesus and he can save you… he was re-
all that I have is thine. 32: It was meet that we should make jected and scorned but he will have compassion on you)
merry, and be glad: for this thy brother was dead, and is
34: And went to him, and bound up his wounds, pouring in
alive again; and was lost, and is found. (We are not told the
oil and wine, and set him on his own beast, and brought him
ending.)
to an inn, and took care of him. (Jesus is the great Physician
Parable of the Samaritan Luke 10:27, 29, 30, 34, and he will heal your sin sick soul and body)
35,37 (You know the story….. but this time I’m go-
35: And on the morrow when he departed, he took out two
ing to give it a little twist.)
pence, and gave them to the host, and said unto him, Take
If you look into the history and maps, you will find that the care of him; and whatsoever thou spendest more, when I
road to Jericho was some 19 miles from Jerusalem and it come again, I will repay thee. (Jesus paid the price)
was all downhill. Jericho is mostly east and a little bit north
37: And he said, He that shewed mercy on him. Then said
of Jerusalem. The terrain was steep so the road was a wind-
Jesus unto him, Go, and do thou likewise.(Go and do like-
ing mountain road and bands of thieves were always hiding
wise to others as Jesus has done all of this for you…)
out to steal and beat up a poor traveler.
(to capture the context, lets begin here…)27: And he an-
swering said, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with

7
JOHN WAS FILLED WITH THE SPIRIT.... BY SR EG WHITE
Luke 1:5-15 There was in the days of Herod, the king of Judaea, a coming. DA, p101
certain priest named Zacharias, of the course of Abia: and his wife
[was] of the daughters of Aaron, and her name [was] Elisabeth. John was to go forth as Jehovah's messenger, to bring to men the
And they were both righteous before God, walking in all the com- light of God. He must give a new direction to their thoughts. He
mandments and ordinances of the Lord blameless. And they had must impress them with the holiness of God's requirements, and
no child, because that Elisabeth was barren, and they both were their need of His perfect righteousness. Such a messenger must be
[now] well stricken in years. And it came to pass, that while he exe- holy. He must be a temple for the indwelling Spirit of God. DA,
cuted the priest's office before God in the order of his course, Ac- p100
cording to the custom of the priest's office, his lot was to burn in-
cense when he went into the temple of the Lord. And the whole John the Baptist was a man filled with the Holy Ghost from his
multitude of the people were praying without at the time of in- birth, and if there was anyone who could remain unaffected by the
cense. And there appeared unto him an angel of the Lord standing corrupting influences of the age in which he lived, it was surely he.
on the right side of the altar of incense. And when Zacharias saw Yet he did not venture to trust his strength; he separated himself
[him], he was troubled, and fear fell upon him. But the angel said from his friends and relatives, that his natural affections might not
unto him, Fear not, Zacharias: for thy prayer is heard; and thy wife prove a snare to him. He would not place himself unnecessarily in
Elisabeth shall bear thee a son, and thou shalt call his name John. the way of temptation nor where the luxuries or even the conven-
And thou shalt have joy and gladness; and many shall rejoice at his iences of life would lead him to indulge in ease or to gratify his ap-
birth. For he shall be great in the sight of the Lord, and shall drink petite, and thus lessen his physical and mental strength. By such a
neither wine nor strong drink; and he shall be filled with the Holy course the important mission upon which he came would have
Ghost, even from his mother's womb. failed of its accomplishment. 4T, p108

Even the babe in its mother's arms may dwell as under the shadow In solitude, by meditation and prayer, he sought to gird up his soul
of the Almighty through the faith of the praying for the lifework before him. Although in the wil-
mother. John the Baptist was filled with the Holy derness, he was not exempt from temptation. So
Spirit from his birth. If we will live in commun- far as possible, he closed every avenue by which
ion with God, we too may expect the divine Spirit Satan could enter, yet he was still assailed by the
to mold our little ones, even from their earliest tempter. But his spiritual perceptions were clear;
moments. DA, p512 he had developed strength and decision of char-
acter, and through the aid of the Holy Spirit he
John was the son of their old age, he was a child was able to detect Satan's approaches, and to re-
of miracle, and the parents might have reasoned sist his power. DA, p102
that he had a special work to do for the Lord and
the Lord would take care of him. But the parents In order to fulfill his mission, he must have a
did not thus reason; they moved to a retired sound physical constitution, and mental and
place in the country, where their son would not spiritual strength. Therefore it would be neces-
be exposed to the temptations of city life, or in- sary for him to control the appetites and passions.
duced to depart from the counsel and instruction He must be able so to control all his powers that
which they as parents would give him. They acted he could stand among men as unmoved by sur-
their part in developing a character in the child rounding circumstances as the rocks and moun-
that would in every way meet the purpose for tains of the wilderness. In the time of John the
which God had designed his life. . . . They sacredly fulfilled their Baptist, greed for riches, and the love of luxury and display had
obligation. CG, p23 become widespread. Sensuous pleasures, feasting and drinking,
were causing physical disease and degeneracy, benumbing the
John was called to do a special work; he was to prepare the way of spiritual perceptions, and lessening the sensibility to sin. John was
the Lord, to make straight His paths. The Lord did not send him to to stand as a reformer. DA, p100
the school of the prophets and rabbis. He took him away from the
assemblies of men to the desert, that he might learn of nature and He saw his people deceived, self-satisfied, and asleep in their sins.
nature's God. God did not desire him to have the mold of the He longed to rouse them to a holier life. The message that God had
priests and rulers. He was called to do a special work. The Lord given him to bear was designed to startle them from their lethargy,
gave him his message. Did he go to the priests and rulers and ask if and cause them to tremble because of their great wickedness. Be-
he might proclaim this message?--No, God put him away from fore the seed of the gospel could find lodgment, the soil of the heart
them that he might not be influenced by their spirit and teaching. must be broken up. Before they would seek healing from Jesus,
1SM, p410 they must be awakened to their danger from the wounds of sin.
DA, p103/104
He studied the revelations of God in nature. Under the guiding of
the Divine Spirit, he studied the scrolls of the prophets. By day and With the spirit and power of Elijah he denounced the national cor-
by night, Christ was his study, his meditation, until mind and heart ruption, and rebuked the prevailing sins. His words were plain,
and soul were filled with the glorious vision. He looked upon the pointed, and convincing. DA, p104
King in His beauty, and self was lost sight of. He beheld the maj-
esty of holiness and knew himself to be inefficient and unworthy. It John had by nature the faults and weaknesses common to human-
was God's message that he was to declare. It was in God's power ity, but the touch of divine love had transformed him. He dwelt in
and His righteousness that he was to stand. He was ready to go an atmosphere uncontaminated with selfishness and ambition, and
forth as Heaven's messenger, unawed by the human, because he far above the miasma of jealousy. He manifested no sympathy with
had looked upon the Divine. 8T, p331/332 the dissatisfaction of his disciples, but showed how clearly he un-
derstood his relation to the Messiah, and how gladly he welcomed
In preparing the way for Christ's first advent, he was a representa- the One for whom he had prepared the way. DA, p179
tive of those who are to prepare a people for our Lord's second
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MY IDENTITY IN CHRIST JESUS
MY RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD
John 1:12 I am a child of God (part of his family) Rom 8:16
Rom 6:22 I am enslaved to God
Rom 8:14,15 I am a son of God (God is my spiritual father)
1 Cor 3:16 & 6:19 I am a temple of God. His Spirit dwells in me
1 Cor 6:19,20 I have been bought with a price. I am not my own, I belong to God
2 Cor 5:18,19 I am reconciled to God and am a minister of reconciliation
PRISONERS OF
Gal 3:26,28 I am a son of God and one in Christ
HOPE
Gal 4:6,7 I am an heir of God, since I am a child of God
This newsletter is authored by
members of the SDA church Eph 2:10 I am God’s workmanship, created in Christ to do His work that He
whose desire is to provide a planned beforehand that I should do
thought provoking newsletter
for Adventists dwelling on the Eph 1:5 I was predestined (determined by God) to be adopted as a son
banks of Jordan; in the process
Eph 2:18 I have direct access to God through the Spirit
appealing to entire fidelity to
the Bible and the Spirit of Eph 3:12 I may approach God with boldness, freedom and confidence
Prophecy.
Col 3:12 I am chosen of God, holy and dearly loved
1 Thes 1:4 I am chosen and dearly loved by God
1 Pet 2:5 I am one of God’s living stones and am being built up (in Christ) as
a spiritual house
1 John 3:1 I am now a child of God.
1 John 5:18 I am born of God and the evil one cannot touch me
MY STATUS
Rom 5:1 I have been justified
Rom 6:18 I am a slave to righteousness
Rom 8:1 I am free forever from condemnation
1 Cor 2:12 I have received the Spirit of God into my life that I might know the
things freely given to me
2 Cor 5:17 I am a new creation (new person)
Eph 1:1 I am a saint 1 Cor 1:2, Phil 1:1, Col 1:2
Eph 2:19 I am a fellow citizen with the rest of God’s people in His family
Eph 4:24 I am righteous and holy
Phil 3:20 I am a citizen of heaven
1 Thes 5:5 I am a son of light and not of darkness
Heb 3:1 I am a holy brother, partaker of a heavenly calling
1 Pet 2:9,10 I am a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for
God’s own possession to proclaim the excellencies of Him
1 Pet 2:11 I am an alien and stranger to this world I temporarily live in
1 Pet 5:8 I am an enemy of the devil

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